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This third-party compilation is one of three put together by an unknown person and spread on P2P networks, and acts as a 'best of' for Monotonik. We decided it has excellent track choice (check out early tracks from Whiskas and Jiva in particular), plus a number of tracks only normally available in .MOD form as .MP3s, so we've made it an official release and added it to our catalog - the Internet and freely distributed music comes up with cool ideas like this if you're lucky. Track listing...
Topics: Electronic, Techno, IDM
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Welcome to Monotonik's brand new year, courtesy of a debut release (or is it?) from Finn and self-proclaimed cosmic superspy, Aleksi Virta. He fearlessly busts out this supremely accomplished album of jazzy, dubby electronics, originally released on a scandalously limited, horrendously collectible 100-copy sold-out CDR edition, and now, thankfully available to the general public via the wonders of the Internet. So basically, we're looking at everything from the headnodding organ jam of 'Nebulae...
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Topics: Electronic, Jazz+Funk, Neo-cosmic
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What's with the title? Well, it's 'Chip Van Winkle' in the sense that Vim!'s output is still roundly slept on. When, oh when, is someone going to sign him up for his major record label debut, Esther? In the meantime, we don't have any funny-looking vegetables for you, but we do have this compilation of the Vim! .MOD 'chiptune' (that's .MODs using very small instrument samples, fact fans!) output from the past few years. Highlights include any number of messed-up 'Ghost And Goblins'-influenced...
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Monotonik
by No'Mo'
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These long-lost .MOD and .XM music files (and two MP3s!) from 1996-1998 - and their associated info files - from the 'secret' tracker group No'Mo'. No'Mo' was the 'evil twin' counterpoint to Mono/Monotonik, one of the more notable Amiga and PC tracker groups and subsequently MP3 net.labels of the 1990s and 2000s. These files - click Show All to see them, don't be confused, there's 12 releases here, not 2 - are not currently available anywhere online, since they were spread mainly via BBSes and...
Topics: mods, netlabels, netlabel
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We're proud to welcome the debut release on Monotonik from Stefan Ternemar, the Swedish artist also known as S.T. 'Emotions In A Box' is Stefan's first set of songs released anywhere outside his own webpage, and it's a fitting introduction to his bold, melodically strident idm electronics. First off would be 'Downtown', almost Huelsbeck-ian in its wish to get straight down to brass tacks and blast you with carefully considered catchiness, heaping layer upon layer of gorgeously synthetic sounds...
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Topics: IDM, Game
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by Aleksi Eeben
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Finnish old-school Amiga demo scene legend Aleksi Eeben, aka Heatbeat, has never really let up on the composition, but has, rather wonderfully, regressed in his choice of hardware over time, from Amiga, through Commodore 64, to Vic-20, with sideways glances to the Game Boy. But it's his C64 equivalent of 'The White Album', the appropriately named 'The White Box', which sums up some of his borderline deviant SID-chip excursions over the previous few years. The actual 'White Box' artifact is a ...
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In the late '90s, Monotonik - an online free to download 'net.label' founded in 1996 and largely releasing .MOD 'tracker' files made in Amiga and PC formats, expanded to release in a brand new format - the MP3. Drawing from artists worldwide linked by the Internet, and influenced by the rise of melodic, downtempo electronics from labels like Warp, Rephlex, and FAX, this first compilation picks some of the best releases originally available via Monotonik in 1999 and 2000. Spanning classic early...
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by Various Artists
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This is the end, my friend. mono211 and monotonik will continue to put out the best mp3s, CDs and so on, but MODs on mono211+tonik end here, right now. You wouldn't want us fading away, would you? Better to burn out with this final compilation. It's been over 3 years and getting on for 200 releases on both labels, so the title - pretty suitable, we guess? h0l and the rest of the mono211/monotonik crew would like to extend their thanks to everyone who ever released MODs via mono or mono211 or...
Topics: Ramone, Bay Tremore, Subi, Prob. Dharma, Hoffman
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by Dreamfish
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About as elektronik as you can get, this LP features conversions of some of the best computer music ever. Martin Galway, Rob Hubbard, Fred Gray.. legends, all of them. We hope you enjoy Dreamfish's versions of these wicked Commodore 64 SID tunes, anyhow - some of these conversions have been released before, and some haven't seen the outside of Dreamfishie's bedroom.) In any case, thanks to the original artists, wherever you may be now. Carpe diem.
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Mark VIII
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We were hoping this day would never come. That is, the day our copyright-ruffling cousins at No'Mo' moseyed back into town. But sadly, they're here. And they have a new champion, a Mark VII. And they absolutely insist that we release this 5-track piece of perverse.. well, quite frankly, c64.gametune.hiphop.mashup.evilness. So, if you're the type of sicko who dreams of Rob Hubbard's classic Commodore 64 videogame theme to "Commando" with Outkast's "Ms.Jackson" over the top.....
Topics: Mark VIII, No'Mo', Monotonik
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by ~aD
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Well, we certainly don't release many DJ sets here at Monotonik - in fact, the last one was over 2 years ago, wow. And the main reason for this is that there's very few good eclectic mixes out there. Until now, that is. We first heard the mixing skills of Chicago's ~aD being spread via, of all places, Usenet. So we're proud to present the first of a number of stunning DJ sets we're going to put out from him - hop on the "Pharis Wheel" :P So, why do we love this mix so much? Well,...
Topics: ~aD, Monotonik
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This time round, a debut release from Oregon's Crashed By Car,recent founder of the beautiful Pleasedosomething net.label, and indielectronic star in the making, with net.releases on Kikapu and 8BitRecs , amongst others. The "Fictions And Fires EP" is a spectacularly well-crafted piece of organic electronics, with highlights including the smooth drift of "Full Speed Dead", the muted triumph of "Bees", and the almost Harold Budd-esque ambient beauty of...
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Topics: Indie, Electronic
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by Aleksi Eeben
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After releasing a pseudonymous EP from Finland's Aleksi Eeben a few months ago, we kept an eye on hiswork further, only to discover the _amazing_ Commodore 64 work he's been doing with his self-coded John Player, which brings a 'tracker'-style interface to bear on the C64. And if you're wondering who this Aleksi fellow is and where he came from - well, as Heatbeat of the infamous CNCD, he was regularly voted one of the best ever Amiga .MOD composers back in the early '90s. So, given a few...
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Finally here, and the first non-.MP3/.MOD release on Monotonik, we're _very_ proud to present an officially sanctioned compilation with the creator-picked best of the .SID (Commodore 64) tunes from the legendary Vibrants crew. Even for those of you who weren't C64-owners or fans, know this - Vibrants are a Danish crew who were formed back in 1987 and number some of the biggest composers in Commodore 64 history, including Laxity and Drax (both also members of the fabled Maniacs Of Noise), Metal...
Topics: Vibrants, Monotonik
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As promised, and as most of you have been dreading/looking forward to, the Subi best-of retrospective has finally arrived. Throughout his 11 years making music in the Amiga 'demo-scene' and outside, Sam Brown, aka Subi, and formerly known as Subculture, has always shown originality and a doggedness that's characterised his excellent output. The typical Subi release blends cheeky samples, breakbeats, and rampant catchiness to produce something that's pretty much unlike most of the other music...
Topics: Subi, monoRAVEik, Monotonik
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by New Delhi FM
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You may have heard of German idm stars New Delhi FM from their excellent album release on Soulseek Records back in 2003, 'Far From Yesterday'. Though the group originally started as a three-piece collective consisting of Sandro Boege, Paul Krege and Marc Hofling, nowadays, just Sandro is at the helm, and Monotonik is proud to present 'Daylight Confusion', a dense 55-minute 'EP' that's the first major release from New Delhi FM in over 2 years. 'Daylight Confusion' is particularly interesting...
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This second set of MP3 releases from our net.label Monotonik was originally released from March 2001 to September 2002, when we were both breaking out the retro beep releases and continuing along the same chilled idm path. Some highlights might include Idmonster's beautifully delicate 'The Force May Be With You', Sleepy Town Manufacture's peaceful Russian IDM, some superquirky goodness from Phasmid, retro but gorgeous techno from Tweeter, amazing beepiness from both Aleksi Eeben and Virt, more...
Topics: Trip-Hop, IDM, Bleep, Synth
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by Secede
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We like it when old friends return to Monotonik, and after his very well-received EP on our net.label last year, Holland's excellent Secede provides a truly epic new track, "The Whistler", ahead of his "Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic" album forthcoming on Merck , and his smart-ola remix work for N5MD and Merck. It's good to thrive on angles, and "The Whistler" plots a course away from your average pure-toned geektronica, edging ever-closer to the template of...
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Topics: Secede, Monotonik
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by Relief+Twilight+Ramone
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The ever horizontal Ramone provides us with a remix highlight thanks to his careful reconstruction of the Relief+Twilight track from a while back. He seems to have melded the track into a sorta tripped-out odyssey, complete with slowed-down drawling hiphop samples and funky acoustic bass and drums. You got it? You know I got soul! Mm, just sit down and appreciate the atmosphere, please, memsahib? This is top class entertainment, we fear...
Topics: Relief+Twilight+Ramone, Relief, Twilight, Ramone
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by stub.org
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Our first Monotonik DJ-mix comes from London multimedia designer and artist, adrian@stub.org, and it's a brilliantly eclectic 75-minute mix which includes everything from Holst through Boards Of Canada and Alec Empire to, umm, S-Club7. We hope to hear more spiffy mixxy from stub.org on Monotonik soon, but in the meantime, grab this asap.. 01. 01:58 KHACHATURIAN Spartacus Adagio 02. 02:43 BOARDS OF CANADA Happy Cycling 03. 02:11 KLF Chill Out 04. 02:52 B12 3EP 05. 01:14 HOLST Planets Saturn 06....
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by Mistress Nine
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We got our Nine. Mistress that is, not millimetre. Here's a joke: What do you get if you put a vaguely gothic D&B chick, a 303, a female voice choir, the complete Macross saga on DVD and the rhythm section of the Cardiff Turntable Orchestra in the same room for four months? You give up? Well, I don't know either, but there's one crawling down your 'net connection. Love her or hate her, and believe me we do both when it's her turn to do the washing up, Nine knocks out the funky beats once...
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Topics: Mistress Nine, monoRAVEik, Monotonik
After the unexpected and tragic loss of Andi Horvath, aka Ramone/Mono, of a sudden heart failure in June (tribute page here), we at Monotonik+friends were contacted by his friends at Fruitz Of Dojo (the Mac demo-scene group he was a member of) with a number of great unreleased Ramone .XM tracks (playable in WinAmp) which had been composed, in the months before he passed away, for both a demo ('Fistful Of Dojo') and a 'chip' music-disc ('SuperSIDekick Sessions'). So, we're proud to present these...
Topics: Ramone, Mono211, Montonik
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by Distance
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Wowee, a first release for Distance on the breakbeat-ish Mono211, and this time it's a real interesting blend between his conventional unconventionality and a new sub-bass and sharp breaks style. Original, I warrant, and pretty clever with it. And the name is.. well, it makes sense to you, doesn't it?
Topics: Distance, Lackluster, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Darkhalo
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A guest release from that rarity on m211, someone from a continent outside Europe. This time Darkhalo steps in to show us what an interesting reading the Americans are taking on the whole d+b thing, encompassing Californian breakbeat, acid b-lines, and even some Transeau shaken up in there - just the right side of catchy, we fear, and fully compatible with the breaks and beats that m211 insists on releasing in such a hipflask lackadaisical fashion..
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by Distance
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After Mono was awfully disappointed to have missed Distance's last EP (released on Tokyo Dawn Records), this time round we caught the wave, and we're proud to present a brand-new set of tracks from him. There's little doubt that he's one of the major talents tracking techno on the music scene right now, and his songs remain constantly unpredictable, stark, suave, and ass-kicking by equal measures. Keep it up, mon. A couple of these tracks even fit on Mono very well (especially "Only My...
Topics: Distance, Lackluster, Monotonik
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by SinQ
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Another debut on Monotonik, and honestly, somewhat of a spectacular one from SinQ , aka Sander van Oirschot, a Dutch electronic musician who's produced, in his album 'Passage', one of our favorite works so far this year - and we're lucky enough to be able to release it for free, too! Completely licensed via Creative Commons, and even using multiple CC-licensed recordings as samples, SinQ's blend of triphop, electronics, and ambient is evocative and beautiful, with first track 'Who's Afraid Of...
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A long, long time in the making, U.S. artist Troupe presents his first EP for Monotonik, 'It's Really Pretty Simple After All', a plain spectacular mix of demo-scene inspired electronica, soaring melodies, and beautiful vocals. Imagine, if you will, an American who has grown up and been musically influenced by the greats of the Amiga demo-scene - which this label itself was birthed from in 1996. Then mix in transcendent vocals reminiscent of favorite Monotonik releases like Bliss, and you get...
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by Serkul
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Somewhat delayed after the first version of this track insisted on crashing winamp within 5 seconds of starting (!), this excellent new track from our Australian guest Serkul once again shows why he's doing some of the most original techno available on the Net at the moment. Somewhere in the ballpark of The Black Dog, perhaps, this is discordantly glorious and beautifully offbeat. More, please?
Topics: Serkul, Thug, Tim Koch
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by Beak
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We first hooked up with shadowy U.S. artist Beak earlier in 2003, when he made an 'absolutely checken' appearance, providing us with a few choice tracks featuring his unconventional but beautiful twinning of multi-tracked acoustic guitars and harder electronics. But it's taken us until now to choose the absolutely perfect combination of sweet and savory songs from his extensive, largely publically unreleased output for the enchanting randomly titled 'Amoral Mayor Earwig EP'. So, where did we...
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Topic: Electronic
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by DJ Brisco Schneider
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Oh no. the quiet of my beautiful log house was interrupted by my door being bludgeoned down by two very disagreeable orcs. They handed me a floppy disc which they said was from 'their friends' in No'Mo'. And so I'm forced to publish No'Mo' release #10, 'Rinkidinki' (297k), a remix of the classic Nuke/Lemon. amigademo track, "Rink-A-Dink" (original also included in the ZIP.) They may force me to put more No'Mo' stuff up here soon. I fear for my safety. Please help, dear readers?
Topics: DJ Brisco Schneider, Ramone, Nuke, No'Mo', Monotonik
Monotonik
by Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance
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More rewording and reordering as Substance takes elements from two previous releases (Tek's mp3 "Benedict" and Prob+Ebb's "Stylez") and merges and melds to come up with this mellifluous hybrid. It's fun to play with sounds, isn't it? Watch out for a simultaneous/near-simultaneous Malik remix of "Stylez" on Theralite (http://pigforce.warande.net/theralite), incidentally.. mmm, synchronicity can be so constructive, hm?
Topics: Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance, Prob., Ebb, Tek, Substance, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by TheFoxII
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The Justified Ancients of Mono return with a twirling, swirling takedown of a release from The Fox II, who's decided to deconstruct a certain famous ambient band in his own inimitable style. And by golly, he's done a smart job. The bonus track, "Habitation", is another example of the wickedly original hard Dutch style, which I have extreme difficulty in categorising. Apart from it being k00l and the gang, of course. :)
Topics: TheFoxII, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Various No'Mo' Allstars
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Well, this time... *BZZZT* *CLICK*.. youarelisteningtothesoundofnomo. wearemonosevilnastycousinsfromouterspaceishish, anditsabouttimewereeducatedyouonhowtoreallydothingsroundhere. since1996wevereleasedover15bustedupcopyrightf*ckingmissivesontoyourpunynet, findemifyoudare, andwerenotdoneyet. thistimeweinfiltratethemonositeandgopublic, sowatchusdominateascedders(uk)mashesfatboyslimintoapulp, drtheophilus(nz)dicesandslicesstarwarspublicenemyandeasylisteningintoonebigmess, and...
Topics: Various No'Mo' Allstars, No'Mo', Monotonik
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This first set of free to download, Creative Commons-licensed MP3 releases from our electronica-based net.label, Monotonik ( http://www.monotonik.com ), were originally released from January 1999 to March 2001. They chronicle the period after Monotonik decided to stop releasing .MOD files, and start releasing those new-fangled (at the time!) .MP3s. Some highlights might include Lackluster's languidly beautiful "Bothersome (Mother Mix)", later to feature on his lovely 'Container' album...
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Topics: Electronic, Techno, IDM, Bleep
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It's always good to find an original, slightly more maverick voice in the world of electronics - someone who, if not channelling the punk aesthetic, at least goes out on a little more of a limb to imbue their music with edge, unpredictability and, well, soul. So, when US-based Grandma sent us a whole raft of his music, we immediately cottoned on to the mix of alternately classic idm-ish melodies, super-intricate drill+bass programming, and improvised guitars/vocals. That in itself should be...
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Topic: Electronic
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It's not often that we rave so much about an artist that our eyes come clean out of their sockets and roll around at cheek level 'til we squidge them back in again. But in this case, we reckon the permanent vision degradation is worth it just to alert the world to Virt's presence. So, Virt, aka Jake Kaufman, is a US-based .MOD tracker and video-game composer with many Nintendo Gameboy and Gameboy Advance credits up the wazoo (including "Q-Bert" and "Who Wants To Be A...
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Topics: Electronic, Bleep
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by Bitbasic
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After his first release in Monotonik on 2007, the 'Grating Rainbows' EP, we are absolutely delighted to present a long in-development full album -- 'Sprinkling Rainbows' from the UK resident Bitbasic, whose super-funky drill and bass attitude to jazzy electronica makes it one of our favorite label releases of the last few years. In a similar fashion to earlier Monotonik releases like Aleksi Virta's album, 'Grating Rainbows' cuts up the jazzy breaks with the electronic in entirely alluring ways,...
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by Sleepy Town Manufacture
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Monotonik is delighted to present a new EP from Russian idm stars Sleepy Town Manufacture, some six years after they released their first tracks for the label. The result is the evocative 'Hello And Goodbye EP', four tracks of wonderfully laidback electronic, starting out with the looping, languid 'Trem'. Next up is 'Oopon', showcasing all kinds of beautiful, pitchperfect chord and percussion action. Finally, we have the slightly harder, more angular 'Zzujd', before we finish out with the title...
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by Various Artists
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From an idea originally suggested by Oh-Gosh, and quite possibly Mortimer himself, this joint release (heh, he said joint!) with Black Sista is a collection of remixes of Mortimer Twang, Sweet Mortimer Tee, M.Twang Esq. With absolutely no irony, this release is dedicated to Meester Twang himself. Lucas, you rule. Don't forget to check da Black Sista homepage at http://blacksista.mypage.org for more good stuff, of course. :) And thanks to all the artists involved for making this rather pleasant....
Topics: Mortimer Twang, Ramone, Substance, Zyad, Subi
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UK artist Chris Wigman is Casimir's Blake, and this intriguing Monotonik release, 'The Silence In Fragile Space', plays out like a planetarium soundtrack to end all soundtracks, echoing all kinds of gorgeous sustained chords through history. Following up a release on Kahvi, this full-length album starts as it means to go on with 'Achird Supernovae', flittering strings and depths of space to the fore. It certainly gets darker elsewhere, with 'Rich's Feyd' one of the more edge-wise, skuttering...
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Monotonik hasn't had much chance to showcase less dark chill-out mixes up to now, but with so many of our artists being fans of the dreamiest ambient techno, as showcased by the FAX label and bands like Global Communication, it was only a matter of time. Fortunately, San Francisco's gd, an oldskool demo-fan and friend of Mono, has stepped up to the plate, so to speak, and delivered an excellent mix that blends Deep Space Network, Pete Namlook, and even Monolake in a sparsely electronic but...
Topics: gd, Monotonik
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Some of the releasers on Monotonik are more mysterious than others. But we quite enjoy it when the more shadowy ones turn up, slip us a gorgeous piece of music, and then slink away into the ether again. All we know about Gschmidt is that he might be named after a mathematic process, his previous ' Nibiru Coming ' release precis-ed rogue planet paranoia excellently, and this new 'Time Tolled EP' is a wonderful journey through some kind of wilfully odd, strangely beautiful soundscape. But if we...
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Topic: Electronic
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It's good to come back to what you know, and we felt like UK artist Braces Tower , previously member of the Wiija-signed, Radiohead-supporting, Peel Session-ing Loveblobs way back in the mists of time, was due another release on Monotonik with his delightful blend of sass, electronics, and intelligent sampledelica, since his first ' Pshhh EP ' was so well received by all a year or two back. So we asked him nicely, and the round-up compilation 'Pasteism' is the unholy result. So there's a great...
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Topic: Electronic
Monotonik
by Psilodump
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Straight from the mind of Swedish hellraiser Psilodump, who's released on super-smart labels such as 8bitpeoples and Micromusic, as well as being part of the rather smart X-Dump collective, 'Jag Och Psilodump' is a spectacularly eclectic 6-track EP which bounces all over the map, showcasing Psilodump's distinctly weird, distinctly different stylings. Things start with 'Winds (Snabber Mix)', which is all hyper-fast drums and oddly burlesque melodies, before 'Omtanke7' cuts in, again with oddly...
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Easy to download zip files of Monotonik's and Mono211's mp3 releases.
Topics: Monotonik, Mono211
Monotonik
by Vim vs. Awful Dodgy
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*EXCLUSIVE* - tragic news, my non-magical friends. I have word from the dastardly wretches at no'mo' that they've kidnapped Monotonik's friendly and docile Vim! and subjected him to Chas 'n Dave records until he remixes a popular cheesy garage record. The result, regurgitated at me? Vim vs. Awful Dodgy - 'Rehash' (1380k). Hear the original ici. Poor old Vim!, eh? No'Mo' release #13 shows they continue to be harsh taskmasters.. damn them!
Topics: Vim!, Awful Dodgy, No'Mo', Monotonik
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by Transient
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First things first - American artist Transient's ' Over The River And Through The Woods ' on the One netlabel was probably our favorite netlabel release of 2004 - gorgeous laidback electronics that deserve approximately a million listens. And, since we loved the ' Ancient EP ' he put out on Monotonik a couple of years back, we asked him nicely for an exclusive new EP for us. So he delivered, and now we have the beautifully mixed-up melodics of the puntastically titled 'Be EP'. Starting out, we...
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In the form of a Valentine's Day gift to all from Russian idm maestro Sleepy Town Manufacture , which Monotonik has sneakily re-packaged and re-gifted to the entire world, we're proud to present 'For You & For Me', an entire double album picking some of the best from STM's unreleased output from 1999 to 2002, with a number of tracks specially updated and remastered for this compilation. Sleepy Town, formerly a duo/trio, and now down to a single member, are particularly known for their...
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Topics: IDM, Electronic
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This time round, a Monotonik debut for Project 5am, aka Jason Haye, with the distinctly trippy 'Quixotes Of Moons Fight The Windmills Of Brixton'. Verging into deep house, electronic, and chillout, the full-length album is a delightful mix of trancelike and straightforward. Starting out, we've got 'Angelou', all thudding guitars and phasing synths, before we move into 'Polar Stratospheric Clouds', chunked up sounds to the fore. Some of the other highlights include the swooshing, almost...
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We found Datassette after he linked to Monotonik from his own artist website. Fortunately, it turns out that he hearts us, and we heart him, since the UK-based artist with the retro-hardware themed pseudonym cuts up a lovely mix of previous Monotonik artists like Vim! and Braces Tower, alternating funky electronica with the geekier bleep end of the spectrum, but coming out all wine and roses in the originality stakes. Starting out with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop drift of 'Microfocus', it's...
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Topic: Bleep
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None other than the don Mortimer Twang himself alerted us to a whole album of Swedish artist Qeshi's music floating out there in the ether, and when we asked the artist himself nicely if we could release it on Monotonik, he kindly assented. But who's Qeshi? Currently studying in Japan, you may have heard of him from his two tracks that were featured on one of Lee 'Metamatics' Norris' 'Cottage Industries' compilations on the excellent Neo-Ouija label, as well as his Flash videos that seems to be...
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An awfully long time after the first instalment of the R:Emissions, here's the next generation. Hope you enjoy the remixes, and hope you know the originals well enough already. :) Although a lot of people keep advocating this kinda remix project, it's actually quite tricky to co-ordinate, choose the right mixes (yes, we decided not to use some), etc etc. But no doubt, we'll get to R:Emissions 3. Eventually. (release 100, anyone?)
Topics: TheFoxII, Carebear, Dreamfish, Subi, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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That irrepressibly, uhh, irrepressible Subi returns with a new release on his very own monoRAVEik sublabel, and this time it's a 21st century remake of an almost decade-old track of his, "Serendipity City". Whilst the original stayed very .MOD-ish and staccato, this remix smooths out to funky oldskoolinflected drum-roll breaks and an almost progressive breakbeat feel. Could it be that, finally, Subi is coming back in fashion? This track wouldn't feel out of place in a nu-skool breaks...
Topics: Subi, monoRAVEik, Monotonik
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We're delighted to be able to release Finland's idm maestro Planet Boelex's third EP for Monotonik, 'Misplaced', following some enchanting EPs and single releases for netlabels including Ogredung, Aerotone, and Afe Records. Actually, it's arguably the most reflective of the bunch, even including guest vocals and guitar, as Ossi, aka Boelex himself, stretches across ever more expansive, ambient Scandinavian vistas. The first track out of the gate, 'Only Slightly Distant', showcases a style...
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You may know Ilkae from previous releases on Monotonik and also on awesome, now dormant Miami-based physical label Merck. Well, four years after 2004's beautiful Stained Glass Confetti, backing up a self-released full-length, Ilkae returns with a similar deal - an awesome EP extracting from a new album. This time, 'Lighter Industry' is a companion piece to the new, limited-edition Ilkae album 'Light Industry', which those interested in the beautifully scattershot, chiptune-ish idm that the...
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Nowadays, Mosaik's Jakob Svanholm, aka Radix/Tpolm from his demo-scene days, is on a musical hiatus, as far as we know - apart from classical guitar pieces, that is. But we here at Monotonik have been so enchanted by his tracks as Mosaik that we've been slowly releasing them over the past year or two. This track, "Sunreal", is the culmination of that music, and hopefully we'll be hearing brand new material from Mosaik soon, but in the meantime.. believe us, this more than suffices....
Topic: Electronic
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And the band played on. With the band, in this case, being made up of the rather smart Finnish-type Vae, formerly known as Strala, and boss of the smart Net.label Kahvi (recently resurrected from purgatory, and looking all the better for it!) In any case, "Harry Slazenger" (no relation to Jake, Vae assures us..) is an initially distant, suddenly pendulum-like swing through sweetly toned electronic pop music - like Kraftwerk without the Teutonic bent, or a massively slowed-down...
Topic: Electronic
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Long-awaited and finally sorted, this 4-track EP is from US artist Proem, previously known for his excellent "Burn Plate No.1" album on Hydrant and supa compilation appearances on Toytronic and Kracfive. EP opener, "Hyla1", takes us deep into drone territory, echoing and subtly glitching like sonar waves, before "Romanian Fruit Bowl" cuts loose with spacey multi-layers of minimalist loop-free drill+drum action. "Access Mike" switches up a gear into...
Topic: Electronic
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Ladies and gentlemen, back for an encore, and WHAT an encore, it's our friend and yours, the incorrigible, indelible Jake Kaufman , also known as Virt , with the second installment of his astounding NES chip disc, now known as 'fx 2.0'. Since the mtk.release of the original 'fx', which was an entire imaginary NES soundtrack in pint-size .S3M format, Jake has been doing demi-deific stuff with Nintendo's sound chips in his primary career as a game musician. His "Atlantis: The Lost...
Topic: Electronic
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by Dreamfish
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A very interesting EP this, sent to us from his sekrit hideaway by Dreamfish in his last dispatch, along with the already-released "Armani's Dreams". These are self-confessedly 'oldskool' jungle tracks, with something of a 1993 spirit about them - but they're actually damn original cos he doesn't sound like he's trying to emulate the Amen b-boy crew. In other words, by going back it goes forward. Amen. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Tweeter
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We don't tend to release many single tracks at Monotonik anymore, preferring EPs or albums. But when cult Finnish ex demo-scene composer Tweeter, perhaps best known for his late '90s releases on Substance's mod.label Voodoo, contacts us and offers us his first finished track since 2001, and it happens to be just gorgeous, what do we do? Well, we make an exception, of course. But how to describe? Well, similarly to his previous Monotonik release, 'Me And My Friend Lobstah', Tweeter shows his...
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Topic: IDM
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by Whiskas
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The second release from Whiskas on Mono, and a rather classy track here. Spooky, isn't it? The chords would scare anyone on a dark night, at least. :) It's nice to get a change from Mono's customary triphop and jungle stylee, too - we guess people forget sometime that there's a third part of our infernal triangle, and it's very much the minimal techno angle that turns us on. A little weird? Maybe. But variety is the spice of life. :)
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Not necessarily one of Monotonik's most 'normal' releases, but heartily welcomed anyhow, this unconventional glitch-electronic 7-track EP is from the oddly named Gaza F*gg*t, who can best be described as, well, an alter ego of a previous Monotonik releaser. It all starts off with the gentle organ of 'Horse With Gold Teeth', before the latter end of the track gets all warped and Japanese-speech sampling, before the completely awesome 'Rotten Fruit Messageboard Apology' arrives, all explicit...
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by Subi
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...bloody hell, what were we drinking last night? Agh. Er. Anyway. It was Subi's birthday yesterday, he is now 365 days from Last Day, and we had a bit of bash over here in monoRAVEik city. Such a bacchanalian assemblage of best bitter and sexual deviancy has not been seen since the days of George IV. And in honour of this august occasion, and because we're all to drunk to track, we're finally releasing the tune Subi did at the Ars Electronica Electrolobby in 2000 (see here for more info). Only...
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by Various Artists
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A long time in the making and finally here (thanks to the contributors for their patience!), this EP gathers together 8 different re-interpretations of one of the greatest videogame soundtracks ever, from arguably the greatest game ever, Shigeru Miyamoto's 1991 SNES classic "Super Mario World". Koji Kondo's sublime original score has been subverted by a number of idm-listers and Monotonik collaborators, and the results, we're sure you'll agree, are interesting, to say the least. From...
Topics: Veer Nales, Leak, Klunko, Bovaflux, Daverout, XLLV, Subi, Mario
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by Dharma
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Ridiculously hot day here at Mono HQ, and a suitably humid and oppressive release to suit it. Dharma comes on strong with a 'Sunstroke Mix' of this excellent downbeat track, complete with weird jazzy inflexions. Perhaps you can see why he's joined up with Mono now? :) We're scared of him, at least. ;P
Topics: Dharma, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Prob.
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Whoaa. Prob. steps up to bat with this viciously chaotic slab of noise, kicking and punching its way to an early grave. But fortunately, it stops just short and reels furiously into the ambient abyss for the last part of the track, where it stays suspended in limbo, as ineffectual as a little kitty with filed-down claws.
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by DJ Ninjamachine
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And this is where Monotonik and monoRAVEik really part company. Cosmopolitan he may be, but we just can't see h0l seeing this one as the right style for the IDM-ness that our beloved parent specialises in these days. Ladies and gentlemen, leave your brain at the door and grab a bottle of water. It's raving time! "Relentlessly Upfull" is just that. One hundred percent happy happy happy. Piano-riffs and synth-stabs ago-go with a few helium vocals and a diva (Penny Ford in this case)...
Topics: DJ Ninjamachine, monoRAVEik, Monotonik
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by Machinae Supremacy
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Oh my. Ever since we at Monotonik heard Swedish bleep-metal group Machinae Supremacy cover Chris Huelsbeck's classic 'Great Giana Sisters' theme in heart-rendingly wonderful .SID chiptune vs. Spinal Tap style, we've been major, major fans. So, after the group completed the soundtrack to (extremely fun) PC indie shoot-em-up Jets 'N Guns ( http://jng.rakeingrass.com/ ), and made the entire higher-bitrate quality OST available to fans on their official homepage ( http://www.machinaesupremacy.com/...
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Topic: Bleep
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astrud gilberto - "the girl from ipanema" dizzy/cncd - "the girl from ipanema" david sanborn - "chicago song" nightlight(?)/kefrens - "chicago song." minnie riperton - "loving you" the orb - "loving you" blasta. outta leftfield. abuse/no'mo - "loving you (degrees remix)" exit stage right, pursued by bear.
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by Dreamfish
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Blimey. Dreamfish has muscled up his style and is making some of the meatiest, most harmful beats to be spat outta a computer for a damn long time - and here's some more evidence. Another mix of the fearsome "Retro DNA", and a whole new set of twisted riddims. Let's face it, it's no longer just a little aural harassment - it's getting personal. Cover your ears, repair to the concrete bunkers, and await instructions. Quick.
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Chromatic Flights
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Monotonik has made it to its 200th MP3-based release (and probably somewhere over its 400th overall release, counting sublabels and .MODs), and this milestone comes in the form of Chromatic Flights' second release for the label, 'Heavy Stars Will Fall'. Florida-based Kyle Wyss follows up his 'Memories From The Audible Color Wheel' Monotonik debut with more vaguely psychedelic, beautifully phrased idm, strangely strung out but wonderfully put together. It starts with 'Found Glow', all spaced out...
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by Hoffman
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Mono mainstay and UK breakz+techno-terror Hoffman (formerly known as Dreamfish) gives us another absolute gem of a mix, and this time it's a drum+bass extravanganza taken from the best of the junglistically influenced Mono/Mono211/Monotonik tunes to be released over the past 4 years. This is also unique in that it's Hoffman's first virtual mix - whilst he's a whiz with the ol' Technics, this track was mixed using the Virtual Turntables PC software alongside a Numark mixer, plus an Alesis...
Topics: Hoffman, Mono211, Monotonik
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by Dreamfish
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Dreamfish returns with a groove that's both minimal and lush at the same time, and we have to nod our heads to this one, don't we? Unclassifiable? Yep. Groovable? More so. The transition halfway through the track is, incidentally, phat. Repeat play, please, and don't spare the horsepower. :)
Topics: Dreamfish, Hoffman, Mono, Mono211, Monotonik